by Senior Airman Malia Jenkins
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
6/13/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, England -- Minemen
from the Navy Munitions Command Unit Charleston and Airmen from the 5th
Munitions Squadron out of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, built 18
inert MK-62 Quick Strike Mines, June 10, 2015 to be loaded onto two
B-52H Stratofortress participating in the BALTOPS 15 exercise.
The B-52 used the inert MK-62 Quick Strike Mines to train and test the
aircrew's ability to precisely drop munitions into a target zone.
"These bombs are configured for the B-52 internal bomb bay," said Petty
Officer 1st Class David Toyloy, Navy Munitions Command Unit Charleston
mineman. "We build them up, and once they're built up and quality
assurance signs off on them, we turn them over to the Air Force for
This is Toyloy's second time participating in BALTOPS, which provides an
opportunity for personnel from different services and nations to engage
in realistic maritime training to build experience and teamwork and
"It's important to participate in this exercise because it prepares us
to work better with our allies and in a joint military environment,"
The Air Force's strategic bomber participation in BALTOPS 15 emphasizes
the conventional, long range, global strike and precision attack
capabilities in a joint environment from a forward-deployed location.
"We train with our sister services because it shows we are capable of
working with any armed forces: the Navy, Army or Marines," said Staff
Sgt. Ryan Cassady, 5th MUNS munitions systems technician. "It shows that
as we work together we're able to accomplish more."
Although this is Cassady's first time working with the Navy in a
joint-military environment, he said he knows everybody has a part to
play, and the point of all this is to show the United States military is
capable of working with their allies and standing up a "warm" base from
day one and generating missions.